Another month, another desktop

Wallpaper is a picture I took of my T-shirt, tweaked in the Gimp. Details in the second screenshot.

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The harmful command

Since I was bored, and curiosity killed me, I decided to take a hand at setting up my own server. To do it I used the guide at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ApacheMySQLPHP. To install, the guide specified to run:

sudo tasksel install lamp-server

After this, however, I remembered that I had such a bad upload connection that any hit would create a noticeable lag on my Internet. Not being familiar with tasksel, I assumed it worked in the same vein as apt-get and that running the opposite would remove lamp-server and nothing more. It made sense, right?

How wrong I was.

It wasn’t before long until I caught it removing some of my most used programs, without my consent! So far, this is what I’ve found it remove:

audacity gnome-games exfalso update-notifier ubuntu-tweak brasero bluefish tomboy gnome-utils thunar conky hal network-manager policykit

Most of these programs aren’t a crucial loss. But some, like network-manager, disabled my Internet connection! Luckily, I had a plan: I would download these programs from the Windows laptop, save them on my flash drive and install them from there. Or so I thought. Without hal, my flash drive wasn’t detected on the computer. (I also wasn’t able to burn the contents of the flash drive onto a CD, since the other computers don’t have a CD burner. That and I don’t think the CD would’ve been detected without hal either.)

Eventually, I decided to boot from a Live CD (TinyMe, since I couldn’t find Ubuntu), plug in the flash drive, copy the contents onto my hard drive, reboot, and install them from there. Had I not thought of that, I may have been willing to reinstall, and lose over 20GB of *cough*legal*cough* music (with no external hard drive at the moment to back it up).

Anyway, long story short: don’t take commands for granted!!

Script to get the aMSN SVN on Ubuntu

With the release of 0.97.2, everyone is rushing to find a .deb for Ubuntu. I’d just like to direct everyone to this script: with it, you can get a perfect working version of the SVN version of aMSN everytime. (note: SVN is newer than 0.97.2!)

Try it out here:

http://www.amsn-project.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3242

It also comes with Farsight support. It’s a good deal!

Hotmail: unable to recognize its own supported browser for 11 years!

Really now, if my Firefox isn’t Firefox, then I don’t know what it is. And second, why does Hotmail even need to tell which browser I’m using in the first place? Websites should be made for the web. It shouldn’t matter what browser, operating system, or architecture you’re using. Not that that’s a concept Microsoft will ever get.

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A mash-up I made

I was bored today, so I made a mash-up of Kanye West’s “Homecoming” and illScarlett’s “Heaters” on Audacity:

http://www.zshare.net/audio/1638648287e3c4fd/

Let me know what you think!

Howto: put Simdock on all workspaces in Openbox

Simdock is an AWN-like dock for Ubuntu. It doesn’t require a compositing manager like xcompmgr or Compiz to run, so it makes a good choice of dock for lightweight window managers.

Here’s a screenshot:

To install simdock:

sudo apt-get install simdock

To make simdock look transparent, you need to set your wallpaper as the background:

simdock -b=/path/to/wallpaper.jpg

To have it set to be above all windows, run it as so:

simdock -y

One thing simdock won’t do is place itself on all workspaces. Thankfully, if you use Openbox, there’s an easy trick. Open up ~/.config/openbox/rc.xml:

nano ~/.config/openbox/rc.xml

and place this between <applications> and </applications>:

<application class=”Simdock”>
<desktop>all></desktop>
</application>

Log out and in and the changes will take effect. Enjoy!

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When did Digg’s ads start bypassing Adblock Plus?

Adblock Plus is clearly installed and enabled:

But Digg’s ads don’t care:

Is Digg getting smarter, or is Adblock getting dumber? You decide.

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